When the DFW area Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning locations (Calverley Service Experts, Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning Plano/DFW, and Levy and Son) were getting ready to host a booth at the Walk MS events in North Dallas and Fort Worth, they wanted to offer an APCO to the event walkers.
“We felt an APCO Air Purifier was the perfect product to auction off since this spring Service Experts has been encouraging saving the air, and it helps destroy germs and contaminants from your air that can exacerbate allergies and respiratory problems,” said Rob Haines, Marketing Manager for Service Experts.
Kim Speck won the Fresh-Aire UV APCO Air Purifier when her bid came in highest at the Dallas Walk MS event. Kim first discovered the APCO several months before when she came across an article talking about the seriousness of indoor air quality.
“I didn’t think much about it at the time because I didn’t understand its compatibility with just about any HVAC system, and figured it was another one of those “luxuries” that was beyond my budget. When it came up at the Walk MS event, people were talking about the seriousness of good indoor air quality for people with MS and I instantly thought of my father.”
Kim’s father was 91 years old and had been living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for over twenty years. He had been on oxygen at all times for the past four years.
“The allergens in the air irritated him even though I always installed the higher-priced 3M Filtrate brand of home air filters. They just weren’t helping. He repeatedly caught pneumonia despite the fact that he had only left his home over the past four years to see his doctors.”
The pneumonia would constantly result in Kim’s father spending at least two months in the hospital and rehabilitation center. Just prior to the Walk MS event in Addison, Kim’s father had spent the majority of the month in the hospital and two days at the rehab facility recuperating from two strings of pneumonia. After being there to see her father suffer so much, Kim resolved she was ready to “roll the dice” and try to win the APCO, which would both help her dad get access to “clean” air, and also benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Kim was elated when she found out she had bid the highest and planned on calling to get the APCO installed in her father’s house before he was discharged from the rehab facility. Regrettably, three days after the MS Walk, Kim’s father returned home to hospice care and passed away peacefully on April 16th. The APCO arrived a week later.
Kim chose to have the APCO installed in her own home because her husband has issues with allergies. A short time after it was put in, she was cooking onions and noted she couldn’t smell any onion smells once she the meal was over. She’s excited to see the long-term effects of the system.
Everyone here at All American Air Service Experts sends their thoughts and prayers to Kim and her family.